How to Return to the Gym Postpartum

July 19, 2021 by
Photo Credit: Kara Saunders (instagram.com/karasaundo)

After having a baby, most athletes are eager to return to the gym and their pre-pregnancy fitness levels. Getting the “all clear” from a doctor at your six week check up often sends athletes back without a solid plan of how to approach fitness in this new season of their athleticism.

What “all cleared” actually means: Being “cleared” is a reflection of initial birth healing, from bleeding cessation, incision healing, to the cervix being closed.

  • It is not a reflection of exercise readiness, as the system as a whole has still been changed from the inside out.
  • Your body needs time to regulate and respond to more activities of daily living and exercise demands. 

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